1. On 12 November 2012 the Department for Communities
and Local Government published "Extending permitted development
rights for homeowners and businesses: Technical consultation".
The Government's proposed changes include increasing the size
limits for extensions to houses and offices and for new industrial
buildings. The proposal which we examine in this report is
Increasing the size limits for the depth of single-storey
domestic extensions from 4m to 8m (for detached houses) and from
3m to 6m (for all other houses), in non-protected areas, for a
period of three years. No changes are proposed for extensions
of more than one storey.
The consequence of the changes would be that fewer
house-owners would need to apply for planning permission for dwelling
extensions falling within the new permitted development limits.
2. The Government's intention to change the permitted
development rights for domestic extensions was announced by the
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon
Eric Pickles MP, as part of a package of planning and housing
measures on 6 September.
In response we decided to take oral evidence from the newly appointed
housing and planning ministers, Mark Prisk MP, Minister for Housing,
and Nick Boles MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for
Planning. Ahead of the evidence session we invited written memoranda.
One of the matters on which we asked for evidence was: "What
will be the impact of the proposed changes to the rules on permitted
development intended to make it easier to undertake home improvements
such as house extensions?"
We received 40 memoranda and many raised concerns about the proposed
changes to the permitted development rights for domestic extensions.
When we took oral evidence from the minsters on 15 October these
representations informed our questions, including those on the
changes to permitted development rights.
3. On 12 November Nick Boles wrote to us enclosing
a copy of the consultation document. He said that the consultation
exercise would run until 24 December. We have reviewed the written
and oral evidence we took in October and have decided to respond
ourselves to the consultation document in respect of the changes
to the permitted development rights for domestic extensions. As
we had sought written submissions for the session on 15 October
it was not necessary to issue a fresh call for memoranda. We took
the opportunity on 12 December to ask both Mr Pickles and Mr Boles
further questions about the changes to permitted development rights
when they gave oral evidence on the work of the Department.
4. In this report we set out, in chapter 2, the Government's
proposals and the points made in support and against the proposals.
Chapter 3 contains our conclusions and response to the Government's
1 DCLG, Extending permitted development rights for
homeowners and businesses: Technical consultation, November
2012, para 6 Back
HC Deb, 6 September 2012, cols 400-01 Back
"Communities and Local Government Committee to take evidence
from the new Ministers for Planning and Housing", Communities
and Local Government Committee Press Notice, 12 September 2012 Back
Oral evidence taken before the Communities and Local Government
Committee on 15 October 2012, HC (2012-13) 626-i; the written
evidence cited in this report is published with this oral evidence. Back
Uncorrected transcript of oral evidence taken before the Communities
and Local Government Committee on 12 December 2012, HC (2012-13)